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How Much Money Did These Ninjas Make?

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Internet users, downloaders in particular, are always talking about the need for the record industry to update its business model to take advantage of new technology. I myself was brainstorming on how to do so after watching an interesting documentary about piracy. Then these Radiohead ninjas crossed my mind. As you all know they released an album by themselves entirely through the internet. The plan was to do that and then later (for the Holidays) release the same album on CD with bonus tracks. Internet users who downloaded the album had the option to donate whatever they wanted in exchange for the music. My question was, how much dough did they make?

"In terms of digital income, we’ve made more money out of this record than out of all the other Radiohead albums put together, forever a€" in terms of anything on the Net. And that’s nuts. It’s partly due to the fact that EMI wasn’t giving us any money for digital sales. All the contracts signed in a certain era have none of that stuff."

[On the physical CD version of In Rainbows that will be released in January]
"It starts to get a bit more traditional. When we first came up with the idea, we weren’t going to do a normal physical CD at all. But after a while it was like, well, that’s just snobbery. [Laughter.] A, that’s asking for trouble, and B, it’s snobbery. So now they’re talking about putting it on the radio and that sort of thing. I guess that’s normal."

"I was thinking about that Johnny Cash film, when Cash walks in and says, ‘I want to do a live record in a prison,’ and his label thinks he’s bonkers. Yet at the same time, it was able to somehow understand what kids wanted and give it to him. Whereas now, I think there’s a lack of understanding. It’s not about who’s ripping off whom, and it’s not about legal injunctions, and it’s not about DRM and all that sort of stuff. It’s about whether the music affects you or not. And why would you worry about an artist or a company going after people copying their music if the music itself is not valued?" [LINK]

Thom Yorke’s representative told me that the band have "decided not to give out any figures" for sales of Radiohead’s In Rainbows

album, but that isn’t stopping people from making their best guesses based on what little information is available.

The Seminal estimates that Radiohead sold about $10 million-worth of albums as of 10/12, assuming that their source was correct that approximately 1.2 million people downloaded the album from the site, and that the average price paid per album was $8 (we heard that number too, but also heard that a later, more accurate average was $5, which would result in $6 million revenue instead). [LINK]

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Posted: January 15th, 2008
at 11:08am by Black Ock


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Domino Memory Sticks

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Posted: January 15th, 2008
at 9:14am by Koookiecrumbles


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Shark vs. Octopus

You’ve heard of the squid vs. the whale…

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Posted: January 15th, 2008
at 9:10am by Black Ock


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Bob Johnson, Please Shut Your Fat Mouth

Now, I know you all don’t watch the news, ‘cuz you ignant, so I’ll just give you the rundown. We try to stay away from politricks here on the main page, but there are certain stories that jump out and grab our attention, forcing us to comment on the issues at hand. Bob Johnson (former BET owner and first black billionaire) recently came out in support of Hilary, for the first time in his sorry life playing the quote-unquote "race card." He made a statement attacking Obama’s campaign saying in support of Hilary Clinton that the Clinton’s have been emotionally involved in "black" issues from day one and that Obama was insulting the black community somehow. Instead of me just telling you, here it is from the hoss’ mouth:

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I just wanted to clarify one thing, Bob Johnson, you Willie-Lynch-ass backwards evil ninja, you are NOT a voice for the black community. Just because you have a billion dollars doesn’t mean you can get up there and say whatever the hell you want. We all know the truth about you, so do us a favor and SHUT YOUR FAT MOUTH. This is not about Barack or Hilary, my friend. This is about YOU and your lying ass. You know nothing about anything, and you need to can it. Stop lying to these white people. This has been a public service announcement.

And just to further illustrate my point:

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This is Black Octagons and I approve this message.

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Posted: January 15th, 2008
at 8:50am by Black Ock


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Whip of the Week

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Posted: January 14th, 2008
at 1:27pm by Koookiecrumbles


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Enron - The Smartest Guys in the Room

Those of you who regularly read our site (aka real cats) know that we try to keep you up to date with what’s going on in the world with relevant documentaries on a weekly basis. Last week we had one on dolls-. That being said, this one is a little old but accurately explains the Enron controversy. It also elucidates the California brownout issue and even goes as far as to call out Arnold Schwarzenegger.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=972394030048527048

If you haven’t seen it, it’s a good watch.

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Posted: January 14th, 2008
at 12:24pm by Black Ock


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Brigitte Bardot - Un Jour Comme Un Autre

Here’s a sad Monday song for you. It’s snowing buckets in Boston.

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Well, I like it, anyway. Can you tell we’re relapsing to our Serge phase?

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Posted: January 14th, 2008
at 11:14am by Black Ock


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Peyton Manning Cries… as usual

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First off, as a member of MyNinjaPlease I would like to thank MyNinjaPlease for being the only, and by "only" I mean "ONLY" blog on the internet to be covering this recurring event with any type of veracity, hearkening back to that hard-nosed Eddie Murrow type of journalism that you’ve come to expect from us. Here is some of our previous coverage (the comments on those posts are priceless):

I apologize for any broken picture links in those previous posts, but the commentary provided by the MyNinjaPlease fam should accurately illustrate the point that this man a both a choker and a cry-er. And just to keep you up-to-date on this whole search rubric thing, if you type the string " Peyton Manning Cries" into your favorite search engine, we are the first hit.

This season I have seen some of the most blatant attempts I have seen in professional sports to officiate matches in a way so as to benefit one team or another, excluding the WWF, but in a very WWF-ish manner. The league has been changing history all season, using the instant replay mechanism to prove certain calls were correct or incorrect, while simply stuffing other calls down the veritable memory hole. There were numerous calls in the San Diego-Indianapolis game, not even to mention the fact that the Colts have spent the entire season on the receiving end of such special treatment. Their 67 regular season penalties were the least in the NFL this year, and probably set some type of modern day record that they are neglecting to tell us about. In this most recent game, for instance, there was a holding call that negated a last minute San Diego touchdown at the end of the first half. When the official came out on to the field to call the play he notably neglected to even identify the player involved. After the commercial break that quickly followed, and undoubtedly after a frantic conversation between executives about whether or not things had gotten too blatant, the coverage returned to remark on the apparent weirdness of the call; but mostly they glossed over it. There was a short explanation given, which gave no comfort to many of our minds, and the half expired.

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This all has something to do with the amount of Peyton Manning commercials on TV, the fact that the NFL would like the defending champs to be competitive, and the fact that with the Colts gone, there’s no frat-boy sweaty gym sock guy-next-door character to provide an emotional center for the league. After all, the Patriots seem, especially taking their continued success into account, very reluctant to do commercials. Anyway, they’re too evil an Nazi-esque for the average midwesterner to get behind. And after all, they do love football out there. I guess there’s Favre left, but he’s a bit on the salt-and-peppery side. So, given all this, the NFL decided to bet on Peyton Manning this year, bolstering their position swinging from his jockstrap with a bunch of commercials and advertising, and sinisterly trying to officiate them to a winning season. San Diego fans know it’s true, and so do we here in New England, because it happened to us when we played them. They bet on Peyton and it was a bad bet, as usual.

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And to make matters worse, he did that whole helmet thing again. When you’re obviously not coming back on to the field, I’m saying like the last thirty seconds of the game where the winning team is just taking a knee to run the clock, you’re sposed to take your helmet off, Peyton, just like the rest of your offensive unit. That includes the post-game handshakes and everything. It’s the same thing as the handshake from this game in earlier 2007. Yeah, Brady still has helmet on, but he’s just coming off the field. Thing about Peyton is he keeps his helmet on because he doesn’t want the cameras to see that he’s blatantly crying.

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He has no problem walking up and down the sidelines with his big dome swinging during the game… Or throwing on the championship hat when he wins. If you’re gonna cry, Peyton, at least cry like a man! Like… Terrell Owens.

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Above: Peyton Receives Annual Pussy Award

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Posted: January 14th, 2008
at 2:10am by Black Ock


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Terrell Owens Cries… Wow

Wow… well let me say that after a right thwomping by the team from NY, Owens, self-proclaimed best receiver ever broke down in tears after the game. Much controversy surrounded the team this week after it was reported in the mainstream media that during the off week sometime in between games, star quarterback Tony Romo gallivanted in Cancun with Jessica Simpson. T.O. was quick to come to his defense after the elimination loss to Eli Manning’s team last night. This is what happened when he, clad in shades, stepped to the podium:

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T.O.:
You can talk about the vacations [to Cancun]. But that ain’t fair. *sniffle*

T.O:
That’s my teammate. That’s my quarterback, man (choking back tears). That ain’t fair. We lost as a team, man.

Now, I know every blog on the internet is going to be quick to jump all over Mr. Highlight Reel, and MyNinjaPlease would normally be part of that hater crowd. But for chrissakes, I feel the man’s pain. T.O., while having an all-pro year and breaking the Dallas franchise record with 15 regular season touchdowns, managed to accomplish something truly remarkable. For him, anyway. T.O. managed to, barring a few minor incidents, mostly keep his big mouth shut for a whole season. He helped his team but didn’t insist on being the center of attention. I actually applaud his transformation from a pop warner to a fully-grown football player (er… mostly).

The reason why he’s getting emotional, besides the loss, obviously, is because he’s sticking up for Romo in a way that nobody else has ever stuck up for him. Think about it, T.O. always talked a lot of trash, in fact before really accomplishing much in his career, but, in his defense, he never wanted to be hated. He has a personality like Deion Sanders, in that he wants to be loved, as a great football player. This year he came closer than ever to having something to actually say, and his dreams were crushed by a quarterback with an unnaturally large head, Manning [just like his older brother]. When he speaks out for Romo he feels like he’s being a good person and a good friend, a position he’s never been in. If you’ve ever been there, it’s overwhelming. Somebody stay with that man tonight, please.

I never thought I would be on here defending Mr. Loudmouth, but there it is. Here’s what the other guys are saying.

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Posted: January 14th, 2008
at 1:10am by Black Ock


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